Republicans across South Carolina will decide on Tuesday whether to stick
with incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham as their party's nominee or support one
of six challengers.
Graham heads into Election Day with advantages in political experience,
serving in his second term as senator.
The winner will face Democratic nominees Brad Hutto or Jay Stamper.
Locally, four candidates have thrown their names in the hat for Chesterfield
County Sheriff, this comes after former Sheriff Sam Parker was arrested on
In April, Parker was found guilty on all eight counts including
embezzlement, misconduct in office and furnishing contraband to inmates.
Candidates Jay Brooks, James Dixon, Derrick Gordon and Mike Irvin are
running for the sheriff's seat.
Election officials say the only way to vote in Tuesday's primary is to have a
form of photo identification or you may experience a longer wait time.
"If you do not have a picture ID, you will be required to fill out an avadavat,
which is going to take you 15 minutes more. You're going to have to get out of
line to fill out the avadavat then get back in line to vote again," said Chester
County Elections and Registration Executive Director James Moore.
In January of last year, the law changed requiring voters to have one of
five photo ID's.
They include a South Carolina driver license, DMV issued photo
identification card, a military issued ID, a passport or a photo voter
Moore fears many voters won't know about the new requirement come Tuesday.
"For the past 14 months we have been trying to get people to come in the
office to take pictures and to be honest it's been kind of slow," said Moore.
Polling stations across the state open at 7 a.m. and close at 7p.m.